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Shells / Muscheln / Coquillages: Conchology, or The Natural History of Sea, Freshwater, Terrestrial and Fossil Shells (English, French and German Edition) Hardcover – July 1, 2009

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About the Author

Veronica Carpita studied art history at the University of Pisa and the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. Her numerous publications focus on the great antiquarian and scientific collections of the early modern era, including Cassiano dal Pozzo's Museo Cartaceo, Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc's famous cabinet and the first systematic work of conchology, Agostino Scilla's La vana speculazione disingannata dal senso, published in Naples in 1670. Sophia Willmann studied biology in Gottingen. In 2007 she took part in whale research at the Port Elizabeth Museum in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. In addition to numerous publications on marine biology, she is also author of children books.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English, French, German
  • ISBN-10: 3836511118
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836511117
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1 x 13.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,308,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I looked forward to receiving this book based on the earlier reviews. I returned my copy on receipt. I am a former collector of antique prints - and these were not plates that I would have purchased for my gallery or collection. The quality of water color work of the original plates is not very detailed or interesting. Then beyond this - the actual reproduction and print quality of the book was dull, the black ink overall was printed too heavily and this further dulled the color of the plates, making the reproduction of the original paper dull and gray and the coloring of the shells overall very dull and grayed. This could have been a really beautiful book - but the publisher should have sought out a better original to reproduce from and been more careful with the color separation and printing process. It's an art book about reproduction of watercolors that should be beautiful - not drab as the copy I received was.
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A beautiful book and a fair price. Not necessarily for everyone unless you are a seashell collecting enthusiast. Helps you appreciate the skill of persons who wanted to display nature before photography was available.
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There are plenty of light shell collector's references on the market, but if one seeks a serious shell science packed with full-page color photos and conchology facts, Shells-Muscheln-Coquillages is the item of choice. The author was a an 18th century French collector passionate about drawing his subject and clearly identifying shells: his authoritative reference is simply not to be missed by any library serious about its conchology representation.
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Too complicated for my grandchildren. A lot of the book was in French. I donated it to my local library.
JLW
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By JP on December 5, 2012
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I purchased this as gift for someone who loves the beach-but particularly loves to collect shells. This is a beautifully illustrated book that is perfect companion for anyone who loves the beach.
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